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August 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Former UW coach Jim Lambright pleads not guilty to fourth-degree assault

Former Washington football coach Jim Lambright has pleaded not guilty to a charge of fourth-degree assault/domestic violence.

A trial date has been set for Oct. 29.

According to court documents, Lambright, 72, did not object to a no-contact order being issued against him. The alleged victim, Lambright’s 23-year-old granddaughter, had requested a no-contact order, as had Lambright’s wife and another granddaughter.

Lambright appeared for his arraignment in Snohomish County District Court’s Evergreen Division on Tuesday after failing to appear at his a scheduled arraignment last week.

Lambright was arrested at 10:10 p.m. June 18 at his Snohomish-area home. The charge was filed June 30.

According to a probable-cause statement written by a responding Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy, a relative called 911 to report an assault at the family home.

When Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrived, Lambright told them he was “frustrated” that his granddaughters were visiting and was “sick of their attitude,” the statement said. He said he had asked one of his granddaughters to leave, but she refused. Lambright “stated she was not harmed, and did not understand why we were being called,” according to the statement.

The 23-year-old granddaughter told deputies that Lambright yelled at her while she was there visiting her father. She said Lambright grabbed her arms, yanking her down to the floor. He then dragged her 5 feet before she managed to escape and run outside to call for help.

Lambright’s wife, Lynne, told authorities her husband suffers from dementia and “explosive disorder,” the statement said. She said his medical condition is worsening.

Lambright’s wife and the two granddaughters requested a no-contact order be issued, saying they felt threatened by his “escalating level of aggression,” the deputy wrote.

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